Sharks make offers to Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Dylan Gambrell

The San Jose Sharks have issued qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Dylan Gambrell.

The team declined Tuesday to make an offer to defenseman Joakim Ryan, making him an unrestricted free agent next month.

Ryan, 26, had no goals and seven assists in 44 games this past season. He has played 106 games over the past two years but was expendable after San Jose re-signed Erik Karlsson to an eight-year, $92 million contract earlier this month.

Meier had 30 goals and 36 assists this season and San Jose wants to keep him as one of its top six forwards.

Labanc had 17 goals and 39 assists this past season. Gambrell had no points in eight regular-season games, but scored a goal in the playoffs.

The Sharks also gave qualifying offers to forwards Maxim Letunov and Antti Suomela and defensemen Nick DeSimone and Kyle Wood.

Berube gets extension: The Blues made official what everyone had expected the moment Craig Berube led St. Louis to a remarkable turnaround capped by the first Stanley Cup championship in the franchise’s 52-year history after a bruising Stanley Cup Finals with the Boston Bruins. They stripped the interim tag from the head coach’s title and signed him to a three-year contract.

Berube had been the interim coach since taking over for Mike Yeo on Nov. 19. The Blues were in last place at the start of the year, but Berube led them on an 11-game win streak that propelled them to the playoffs.

They beat the Jets, Stars and Sharks in the playoffs to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

Orpik retires: Brooks Orpik called it a career after 15 bruising NHL seasons in which he established himself as a big-hitting, shutdown defenseman and won the Stanley Cup twice.

Orpik, 38, played 1,171 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. He won the Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 and Washington in 2018.

Trade: The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Carl Soderberg from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Kevin Connauton. Colorado also got a third-round selection in the 2020 draft. Soderberg, 33, scored a career-high 23 goals last season. Connauton, 29, played in 50 games with the Coyotes in 2018-19, finishing with a goal and seven assists.

Hall of Fame: Hayley Wickenheiser headlined the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2019. The induction is Nov. 18.

In 79 international games over 21 seasons with Canada, Wickenheiser recorded 58 goals and 88 assists for 146 points. She won four Olympic gold medals, seven world championship golds, one Olympic silver and six world championship silvers.

Wickenheiser will be the seventh woman to go into the hall, joining Canadians Angela James, Geraldine Heaney, Danielle Goyette and Jayna Hefford and Americans Cammi Granato and Angela Ruggiero.

Also part of the six-member class are former NHL players Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Czech hockey star Vaclav Nedomansky and builders Jim Rutherford and Jerry York.

Zubov put up 888 points in 1,232 NHL games for the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers and won the Stanley Cup twice. The Russian defenseman also won a 1992 Olympic gold medal and 1989 world junior gold medal.

Carbonneau was a teammate of Zubov on the 1999 NHL champion Stars and also won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 and 1993. He was a three-time Selke Trophy winner as the league’s best defensive forward.

Nedomansky helped Czechoslovakia earn the 1968 Olympic silver medal and the 1972 world championship. The first player to defect from the other side of the Iron Curtain, he started in the World Hockey Association and went on to record 278 points in 421 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Rangers.

Rutherford, a longtime general manager of the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins, built teams that won the Cup in 2006, 2016 and 2017.

York coached Bowling Green and Boston College to five national titles and has the most wins of any active NCAA Division I men’s hockey coach.

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